There are 7000 pairs of shoes outside the Capitol. Here's why

Frederick Owens
March 14, 2018

Thousands of empty shoes representing children killed by gun violence were being placed outside the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday morning. The powerful protest was organized by online global activist network Avaaz and attempts to demand Congress confront gun violence.

The stunning display commemorates the estimated amount of children killed by guns since a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

About 1,300 people younger than age 18 are killed by gunfire in the United States every year, according to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Organizer Emma Ruby-Sachs said she thinks it's a pivotal moment for the movement to end gun violence.

The organization also said that some celebrities donated shoes as well, including Chelsea Handler, Alyssa Milano, Bette Midler, and Susan Sarandon.

A 19-year-old with a semi-automatic rifle killed 17 people at a high school in Florida on February 14, sparking rage among parents, students and educators.

Between the Sandy Hook massacre and the US Capitol protest, about five years and three months have passed.

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Students all over the country plan to walk out of school for exactly 17 minutes at 10am local time to honor the 17 people who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The walkout has won the support of many school districts and civil rights organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union.

Mauser, a retired Colorado Department of Transportation employee, has attended dozens of gun-control demonstrations since the Columbine massacre.

"These kids, it's their lives".

The shoes, including sandals, boots, dance shoes, sneakers, high heels, were placed in neat rows, creating a temporary monument for the deceased.

Many Canadian cities have marked the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6 with similar "shoe memorials".

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